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17. Understanding Islam
SECTION SIX: UNDERSTANDING CONVERTS FROM ISLAM
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: SOCIETAL DIFFICULTIES FACED BY NEW CONVERTS FROM ISLAM

14.6. Accommodation and employment


When someone from a Muslim background becomes a Christian, if this knowledge is public they may find themselves out of a job with little prospect of finding a new one. Employers may not want to be associated with converts, whether through personal conviction or fear of the authorities. Similarly, it may be hard for such a person to find rented accommodation (they may be thrown out of their current accommodation, or of course if they were previously living with their family, they may now be finding themselves forced to live alone for the first time). Additionally, any financial support from their family will now be taken away, and they will lose any inheritance.

Thus converts in some situations may end up in extreme hardship. The church can of course be of great practical help in these times, whether helping them to find employment or accommodation, or providing temporary finances and accommodation while it is needed. While I want to very much encourage you and your church to help in this manner (after all, we are commanded to do just this in James 2:16), do bear in mind and guard against the potential consequences of a convert becoming permanently dependent on such help.

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